Freedom's Footsteps: Philadelphia to Washington DC Tauck Tours

Freedom's Footsteps: Philadelphia to Washington DC

Stories by Ken Burns

The Freedom’s Footsteps: Philadelphia to Washington D.C. tour is an 11 day epic journey through the history of the United States of America. Highlights include visits to Civil War sites, colonial Virginia and historic cities. This luxury tour was crafted by Tauck Tours and Ken Burns with the goal of walking in the footsteps of American history.

The Freedom’s Footsteps: Philadelphia to Washington D.C. tour begins in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can see the different sides of Philadelphia with tours to the Liberty Bell, Amish country and even Gettysburg National Military Park. As you wind your way through the heart of America on your way to Washington, you’ll see many places from history come to life as you explore what makes this country tick.


11 Daysfr. $4,990

  • Filmed narratives, exclusively produced for Tauck by filmmakers Ken Burns & Dayton Duncan, feature new insights based on themes from their films, from the Civil War to national parks
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Early admission & behind-the-scenes experience at the National Archives
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private presentation on slavery & plantation life by Dr. Leni Sorensen
  • Visits to such iconic national historic sites as Independence Hall, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Harper's Ferry, Gettysburg, Washington, DC's National Mall monuments and more
  • Private guided tour of Virginia's historic State Capitol building
  • A day spent exploring as you please at Colonial Williamsburg
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
  • All customary gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff and local guides are included.
  • The customary gratuities for the Tauck Director and local drivers are not included. We ask that gratuities be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not as a group.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, dry cleaning, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • Airline excess luggage charges, vaccinations, visa fees and services, airport arrival and departure taxes, individual airport transfers (when applicable), and other optional or incidental extras are not included.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 6 dinners
  • Sofitel Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2 nights)
  • The Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (1 night)
  • Omni Charlottesville Hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia (2 nights)
  • Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia (2 nights)
  • The Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, DC (3 nights)

Welcome to Philadelphia

Philadelphia, USA

Your Philadelphia to Washington DC tour begins at 6:00 PM at Sofitel Philadelphia. A transfer is included from Philadelphia International Airport to the Sofitel Philadelphia. America’s first capital city is a treasure trove of history; tomorrow you’ll be exploring some of the most famous sites from the earliest days of the US – you might consider arriving a day earlier to spend more time. Join us tonight for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner at your sophisticated hotel located in the city center near the Rodin Museum, City Hall, Liberty Place and other landmarks.

Dinner

SOFITEL PHILADELPHIA

The Liberty Bell & more in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, USA

Around every corner of this city lies a piece of American history, as you’ll discover for yourself on a day immersing in historic Philadelphia. Begin the morning with a Tauck Exclusive, early-opening private tour of the Museum of the American Revolution, followed by a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic district. Then tour Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and view the Liberty Bell, before spending the rest of the day as you please in Pennsylvania's "City of Brotherly Love".

Breakfast

SOFITEL PHILADELPHIA

A day in Amish country & Gettysburg

Lancaster, USA

Travel through rolling Pennsylvania farmland to Lancaster County for a guided tour that reveals the cultural traditions of the Amish, steeped in centuries past, and lunch.

Gettysburg, USA

Continue on to Gettysburg National Military Park for a visit to the amazing interpretive center. The center includes a film, “A New Birth of Freedom,” narrated by Morgan Freeman; the massive Cyclorama painting, which literally surrounds visitors with a magnificent visual of the fury of Pickett’s Charge and brings vividly to life the sights and sounds of the battles that raged here on July 1-3, 1863; and the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War, featuring 12 exhibit galleries that contain artifacts and interactive displays. At our dessert reception after dinner this evening, a storyteller recounts the harrowing experience of civilians trapped in the town of Gettysburg during the ferocious fighting.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE GETTYSBURG HOTEL

Gettysburg's battlefields & Harper's Ferry

Gettysburg, USA

A morning drive with a Gettysburg expert takes you through some of the battlefields – now eerily peaceful – viewing pivotal sites and hearing stories such as the defense of Little Round Top, the “Killer Angels” and the courage and futility of Pickett’s Charge. More than 50,000 men on both sides were killed, wounded or missing at Gettysburg; about 6,000 lie in the national cemetery here, which Lincoln dedicated with his famous address later that year.

Harpers Ferry, USA

Travel on to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, with a Ken Burns vignette that sets up your visit to the site of John Brown’s failed 1859 raid on the town’s federal arsenal, where the abolitionist was captured and most of his 21-man “army” were killed. The Civil War was fought in 10,000 places, the majority of them in the South; foraging armies swept across American farms and burned American towns, and homes became headquarters and hospitals. You'll travel through some of these towns as you continue on this afternoon to Charlottesville, Virginia for a two-night stay.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OMNI CHARLOTTESVILLE HOTEL

Jefferson's Monticello & Charlottesville

Monticello, USA

Begin your day in Charlottesville with a visit to author, statesman, scientist and third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson’s beloved Monticello, the hilltop house he designed on the principles of Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. As you explore the house, plantation and grounds, you’ll observe that the realities of plantation life did not always fit comfortably with the founding father’s principles of equality and liberty.

Charlottesville, USA

After lunch featuring colonial fare and servers in 18th-century period attire at the historic Michie Tavern, see the University of Virginia’s landmark Rotunda and Grounds, described by its designer Thomas Jefferson as an “academical village.”

Charlottesville, USA

Also included today is a Tauck Exclusive: a lively private presentation on “Slavery, the Plantation and the Civil War” by Dr. Leni Sorensen, scholar, living history interpreter, and African American Research Historian for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello. The evening is free to spend as you please in Charlottesville.

Breakfast, Lunch

OMNI CHARLOTTESVILLE HOTEL

Historic Richmond & on to Williamsburg

Richmond, USA

An in-depth view of the Civil War from various perspectives awaits in Richmond, capital of Virginia and the capital of the Confederate States of America during the war. Begin the day with a private guided tour of the historic Virginia State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson and French architect Charles-Louis Clérisseau, and modeled after an ancient Roman temple in southern France. A National Historic Landmark completed in 1788, the building also served as the Confederacy's wartime capitol; a major restoration and expansion was completed in 2007.

Williamsburg, USA

Following lunch at a local bistro, enjoy a walking tour of Richmond's historic center led by guides from the city's celebrated 120-year-old history museum, The Valentine. Then travel to Colonial Williamsburg, whose cobblestone streets and buildings have been restored to the way they looked when the city was Virginia’s Colonial capital. As you step back in time during your two-night stay, enjoy dinner this evening at an 18th-century style tavern in Colonial Williamsburg.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

WILLIAMSBURG LODGE

18th-century Colonial Williamsburg

Williamsburg, USA

Restored to its 18th-century glory and inhabited by interpreters in period dress living its 18th-century lifestyle, Colonial Williamsburg is yours to explore as you please today. Discover life in days gone by as you step back in time to encounter local residents, from artisans and tradespeople to militiamen and ordinary citizens. Visit authentically restored buildings such as the Governor’s Palace, Raleigh Tavern, Bruton Parish Church, and other places including Colonial homes. You’ll enjoy activities and demonstrations throughout the day in Colonial Williamsburg.

Breakfast

WILLIAMSBURG LODGE

Mt. Vernon & on to Washington, DC

Mount Vernon, USA

You’ll travel from Williamsburg this morning to the magnificent Mount Vernon estate of America’s first president, George Washington. Overlooking the Potomac River, the setting couldn’t be more spectacular; explore the state-of-the-art interactive museum, the 18th-century mansion and landscaped grounds.

Washington, USA

You’ll have a late afternoon arrival in Washington, DC, capital city of the US, for a three-night stay at one of its most historic hotels, InterContinental The Willard Washington D.C.; dine tonight at a local restaurant.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE WILLARD INTERCONTINENTAL

A day in Washington, DC

Washington, USA

The relationship of journalism and politics – explored in-depth in Ken Burns’s 2014 film The Roosevelts: An Intimate History – underlies much of Washington DC’s 225+ year history. Today you’ll get perspectives on both, beginning with a sightseeing tour this morning that features views of iconic Washington sights such as the White House, Capitol Hill, the National Mall, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. On a visit to the Lincoln Memorial, you’ll have an opportunity to see the poignant memorials to those who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Late morning arrive at Newseum, a captivating museum featuring interactive exhibits that take you behind-the-scenes to explore everything from current events to the role of a free press in a free society – how news affects our shared experience of historic moments. Spend the remainder of the day pursuing your own interests in Washington, DC.

Breakfast

THE WILLARD INTERCONTINENTAL

Exclusive – Inside the National Archives

Washington, USA

First up today, a Tauck Exclusive – early admission to the Rotunda of the National Archives for a private viewing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, with welcome comments by a National Archives insider. Then go behind the scenes with an archival researcher to learn how modern archival techniques preserve both great documents and stories of individual Americans.

Washington, USA

The afternoon is free; you’ll have time at the National Archives to explore as you please, or perhaps visit one of the many museums on the National Mall – or return to Newseum. Tonight, a memorable week concludes with a farewell reception and dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner

THE WILLARD INTERCONTINENTAL

Journey home

Washington, USA

Tour ends: Washington, DC. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from InterContinental The Willard Washington D.C. to Ronald Reagan National Airport or Dulles International Airport; please allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in at the airport.

Breakfast

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Fri, Sep 06, 2019
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Fri, Sep 20, 2019
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Mon, Sep 30, 2019
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Fri, Oct 18, 2019
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Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.
  • Upgrade to the Williamsburg Inn in Williamsburg: A Tauck Exclusive upgrade option to a limited number of rooms at the Williamsburg Inn (nights 6 and 7, limited availability) is available at an additional cost per person as detailed below; ask at booking for details.
  • Double – $299 Single – $576 Triples – N/A
  • Reserve your preferred 2020 departure date and we will advise you once the 2020 trip is finalized and priced. You will then have two weeks to cancel; should you cancel, you'll receive a full refund of your trip deposit and the cost of the Travel Protection Product (if purchased with Tauck Tours). If you are making your own air arrangements, do not book your flights until this trip is finalized as start and end cities may change.

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
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  • 59-8 days before departure: $600.00 per person
  • 7-1 days before departure: $900.00 per person
  • On departure day and later: 100% of total price
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  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
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